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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s Super-KK! What a relief for the Phillies after dropping 3 straight games to the Pirates, to see Kyle Kendrick pitch a gem against the Mets. The 4-0 win came just in the nick of time, before this team spiraled way out of control.
In the complete game shut-out, Kendrick allowed only 3 hits and a walk. He kept his cool, even after the home plate umpire suddenly ran off the field in the first inning. Umpire Brian O’Nora apparently took ill and Kendrick was left standing around on the mound around 9-10 minutes waiting for Adrian Johnson to get his home plate gear on.
The delay did not deter the mighty Kendrick. And by some small miracle, the offense actually scored some runs for him. The Phillies had been leaving runners all over the base paths lately. But tonight, they finally came through in the clutch.
In the 6th inning, Michael Young took a break from hitting into double plays for a change and actually singled to score Jimmy Rollins. The...
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Like a father watching his son ride a bike on his own for the first time, I am super proud of Kyle Kendrick and you should be, too. Or, as Jim Salisbury put it, "Kyle Kendrick has become a man."
The ups and downs in Kendrick's career are like a bike ride through the Appalachian Trail: minor leaguer-turned major leaguer-turned playoff starter in 2007; major leaguer...
After 10 starts there will be a clearer picture for the Philadelphia Phillies regarding Jonathan Pettibone. Yes, there are plenty of previous examples to peruse for consideration.
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By design my articles represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the...
After three brutal losses to Pittsburgh, Kyle Kendrick threw a beauty tonight in Citi Field. He kept the Mets off balance the whole game, allowing just three hits and one walk. Really can't emphasize how important it was. The bullpen needed to rest up, the offense has been shaky and...
Most staffs typically have a significant drop-off after their 1 and 2, but the Philadelphia Phillies with Kyle Kendrick have a strong 4. How do the top west coast teams fare at the bottom of their rotation?
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I will publish the 2013 ERA for both the NL East and the MLB 5 periodically. The number of games played by the Phillies is in the...
The Philadelphia Phillies are now 23 games into their season, more than one-eighth of the way through, and they stand at 9-14. This was a team that didn’t just need, but was virtually required to get off to a decent start to prove this roster, however aged, could still win. Instead, the team finds itself 5 games under .500 almost a month into the season.
It is time to blow up the...
Philadelphia Phillies (9-14) at New York Mets (10-10)
Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28) vs. Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95)
TIME: 7:05, Citi Field
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 60′s, partly cloudy
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies are coming off a disappointing series against the Pirates where they won a game started by Jonathan Pettibone, but lost the three started by Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay...
So the Phillies really lost 3 out of 4 to the Pirates....ouch. Honestly blame it on the bullpen because Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay ALL threw great games, but the bullpen either blew the lead or blew the game. Yesterday afternoon Cliff Lee tossed seven innings of three-run...
Philadelphia Phillies (10-14) at New York Mets (10-11)
Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 3.38) vs. Shaun Marcum (0-0, 0.00)
TIME: 1:05, Citi Field
Weather: 66, mostly sunny
Media: Twitter and Facebook
With last night’s victory, the Phillies have now won 7 of 8 games against the Mets, including four straight on the road. The 4-0 win displayed a lot of positives for the Phils, if...
Mets look to pay back Phillies from earlier this season. Gee got knocked around by Philadelphia but was strong in his last outing. Kendrick is still a stiff.
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The Phillies offense had the right amount of zen against the Mets today. (PHOTO: AP)
Behind the power of 12 hits, including back-to-back home runs, and stellar pitching from the bullpen, the Phillies slugged their way to an easy 9-4 victory over the Mets today. The win was their fifth straight at Citifield, and the first of rookie Jonathan Pettibone’s career.
Well as I sit in utter amazement at not just the lack of offense the Phillies show but the bullpen has doubts around it again. Ruben Amaro stated in the fall that one of his goals would be to improve on the bullpen and not lose any games because of it again. Well Ruben it doesn’t look like that is the case. We have for the most part see the return of Jonathan Pappelbon, closing...
*Yuniesky Betancourt, Spring Training 2013 casualty, is now with the Milwaukee Brewers and is batting .279/.795 with 3 HR and 15 RBI. Instead of releasing him, Amaro should have signed him to a 5 YR/$125M contract. Don't ya think?!*Ben Revere might be a defensive whiz, but his offense negates any good he does with the glove. His OPS is .472, which ranks 186th out of 192...
Roy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two...
Final: Phillies 9, Mets 4.
WP: Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35 ERA) LP: Shaun Marcum (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Pettibone, filling in for the injured John Lannan, has surely provided much needed excellence the Phillies needed out of their rotation. He lasted five innings today en-route for his first career victory, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks.
The offense was on fire...